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25th May '16 11:41:05 AM Cronosonic
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** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would traning do for someone like him. [[spoiler: He still falls into this, however, since he didn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learned from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone had to die]] before he could be bothered to challenge the Z-Fighters himself.

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** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would traning do for someone like him. [[spoiler: He still falls into this, however, since he didn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learned from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone had to die]] before he could be bothered to challenge so much as track down the Z-Fighters himself.himself, let alone challenge them - he assumed Dodoria and Zarbon would deal with his Vegeta problem, and when that didn't happen, he called in the Ginyu Force, only to find out later while he was off on an errand (to figure out how to activate the Dragon Balls) that ''they all got killed as well''.
21st May '16 9:51:56 PM erforce
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* Dr. Peter Venkman of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}} has doctorates in Psychology AND Parapsychology. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, given that Ray and Egon always do all the brainwork. But the IDW comics have shown that when the chips are down, Venkman ''does'' have considerable skills in the areas. In "Displaced Aggression" he's able to cobble together workable means to capture and contain ghosts by using the remains of his gear and available technology in the Old West.[[note]]Of course Ray shows him up pretty good when the next issue reveals that he did the same...but with only the "technology" available during the days of King Arthur![[/note]] And in the IDW ongoing series, he defeats a ghost that has possessed him by using psychology to figure out its weakness.

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* Dr. Peter Venkman of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}} ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has doctorates in Psychology AND Parapsychology. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, given that Ray and Egon always do all the brainwork. But the [[Comicbook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comics comics]] have shown that when the chips are down, Venkman ''does'' have considerable skills in the areas. In "Displaced Aggression" he's able to cobble together workable means to capture and contain ghosts by using the remains of his gear and available technology in the Old West.[[note]]Of course Ray shows him up pretty good when the next issue reveals that he did the same...but with only the "technology" available during the days of King Arthur![[/note]] And in the IDW ongoing series, he defeats a ghost that has possessed him by using psychology to figure out its weakness.
19th May '16 12:39:42 PM ReaderAt2046
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* Ivan Vorpatril in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. In Ivan's case it is a case of self preservation. He may be third in line for the Barrayaran imperium, and as such has been the target of multiple plots. He really doesn't want anyone thinking that he is future emperor material. On the other hand, his uncle Aral (Count Vorkosigan) points out that this would have made him a very cunning five year old indeed.

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* Ivan Vorpatril in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. In Ivan's case it is a case of self preservation. He may be third in line for the Barrayaran imperium, and as such has been the target of multiple plots. Not to mention that the people ahead of him are close relatives and some of his best friends. He really doesn't want anyone thinking that he is future emperor material. On the other hand, his uncle Aral (Count Vorkosigan) points out that this would have made him a very cunning five year old indeed.indeed.
** Ivan's laziness also inspires him to do a very good job with the work he does do, to cut down on the need to do it again.
14th May '16 6:54:46 AM Doug86
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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}} villain Mojo is the ruler of the Spineless Ones, an extradimensional race of incredibly lazy creatures, proven by the fact that they spend all their time watching movies on television and have slaves (both the regular kind and genetically created ones) to wait on them hand and foot. As one might expect, filmmaking and slave trading are the two biggest industries in their dimension, and Mojo became their ruler not only by dominating both industries, but combining them, having slaves genetically grown for the express function of acting. (Unfortunately for him, this led to the creation of Longshot, who would eventually lead a [[SlaveLiberation slave rebellion]], which turned out to be no accident; the inventor of the technology had secretly planted a seed that would grow into a desire for freedom into their genetic make-up.)

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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen villain Mojo is the ruler of the Spineless Ones, an extradimensional race of incredibly lazy creatures, proven by the fact that they spend all their time watching movies on television and have slaves (both the regular kind and genetically created ones) to wait on them hand and foot. As one might expect, filmmaking and slave trading are the two biggest industries in their dimension, and Mojo became their ruler not only by dominating both industries, but combining them, having slaves genetically grown for the express function of acting. (Unfortunately for him, this led to the creation of Longshot, who would eventually lead a [[SlaveLiberation slave rebellion]], which turned out to be no accident; the inventor of the technology had secretly planted a seed that would grow into a desire for freedom into their genetic make-up.)
13th May '16 12:06:35 PM DVB
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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."\\\

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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."\\\"
13th May '16 12:03:14 PM DVB
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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."\\\
The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."

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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."\\\
** The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."
13th May '16 11:54:26 AM DVB
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** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at everything except [[MadScientist the aspects of being a mad scientist], and could definitely be an effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over the world (and even then, she had to be motivated and given the tools by her ''future self,'') but for the most part would rather be on the beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working though she does enjoy her fights with Kim.

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** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at everything except [[MadScientist the aspects of being a mad scientist], scientist]], and could definitely be an effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over the world (and even then, she had to be motivated and given the tools by her ''future self,'') but for the most part would rather be on the beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working though she does enjoy her fights with Kim.
13th May '16 11:53:46 AM DVB
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at everything except [[MadScientist mad science stuff]], and could definitely be an effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over the world, but for the most part would rather be on the beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working.
** This trope applies more to the [[PluckyComicRelief plucky sidekick]] Ron Stoppable, who is actually more skilled and capable than at first appearance, but rather enjoys chilling and gliding through life. Up until the GrandFinale, [[TookALevelInBadass at least]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Applies to the two main sidekicks:
** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at everything except [[MadScientist the aspects of being a mad science stuff]], scientist], and could definitely be an effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over the world, world (and even then, she had to be motivated and given the tools by her ''future self,'') but for the most part would rather be on the beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working.
working though she does enjoy her fights with Kim.
** This trope applies more to the The same goes for [[PluckyComicRelief plucky sidekick]] Ron Stoppable, who is actually more skilled and capable than at first appearance, but rather enjoys chilling and gliding through life. Up until the GrandFinale, [[TookALevelInBadass at least]].
13th May '16 11:49:54 AM DVB
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', from his father's point-of-view: Manolo has the skills of a bullfighter and the potential to be the greatest Sanchez bullfighter ever. However, Manolo would rather play with his mariachi band all night. [[spoiler:Carlos, thankfully, gets over it]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', from his father's point-of-view: Manolo has the skills of a bullfighter and the potential to be the greatest Sanchez bullfighter ever. However, Manolo would rather play with his mariachi band all night. In reality, Manolo just abhors the idea of fighting bulls so he's not doing it out of laziness, but out of morality. [[spoiler:Carlos, thankfully, gets over it]].
13th May '16 11:47:13 AM DVB
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** The Saiyans play with this trope:
*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he doesn't particularly enjoy training or hurting people, which greatly holds him back. On the other hand, in times of great need and/or when his loved ones are in danger he trains diligently. He's also a hard worker at school and gets a steady job at the end of the series.
*** Goku trains hard to obtain his power, however, anything outside of fighting (and food) doesn't hold his interest. This is a point of constant tension between Chi-Chi and him since she wants him to get a job. She eventually gets her way, making Goku get a job as a farmer.

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** The Saiyans play with this trope:
PlayedWith regarding some of the Saiyans.
*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, so he doesn't particularly enjoy training or hurting people, which greatly holds him back. usally train. On the other hand, in times of great need and/or when his loved ones the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking veyr serious, Gohan is intensely focused on training and shows off why he trains diligently. He's is his father's son. He is also a hard worker at more natrually driven to scholarly sources, earning top grades in school and gets ending up with a steady good job at the end of the series.
to support his family as an adult.
*** Goku trains has spent his life training with many people to become stronger and shows a love of doing so coinciding with his Saiyan blood and his own personality. However, because training, fighting and eating are his main interests, it's hard to obtain his power, however, get him to do anything outside of fighting (and food) doesn't hold his interest.else. This is a point of constant tension between Chi-Chi and him since she wants him to get a job. She eventually gets her way, making Goku get a job as a farmer.



*** Goten and Trunks are straighter examples. They have the talent to far surpass their fathers, but do not want to do any training, preferring playing, or girl chasing in their teenage years.
** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life. [[spoiler: He still falls into this, however, since he didn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learned from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone had to die]] before he could be bothered to challenge the Z-Fighters himself.

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*** Goten and Trunks are straighter examples. They have the talent to far surpass their fathers, but do not want to do any training, preferring playing, or girl chasing like Gohan, lack the instinctive love of combat so while they train, they are often distracted in their teenage years.
doing other things like playing around as kids.
** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life.life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would traning do for someone like him. [[spoiler: He still falls into this, however, since he didn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learned from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone had to die]] before he could be bothered to challenge the Z-Fighters himself.
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